Picasso artworks displayed in a Las Vegas restaurant could fetch over $100M

Eleven Pablo Picasso artworks that were on display at a Las Vegas restaurant for over 20 years will hit the auction block this October, just two days before what would have been the artist’s 140th birthday. Part of MGM Resorts’ sizable art collection, the pieces had long been a fixture at Picasso, a Michelin-starred French and Spanish […]

Deep Fakes And National Security

“Deep fakes”—a term that first emerged in 2017 to describe realistic photo, audio, video, and other forgeries generated with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies—could present a variety of national security challenges in the years to come. As these technologies continue to mature, they could hold significant implications for congressional oversight, U.S. defense authorizations and appropriations, and […]

Spy phones ‘in gangsters’ back pockets’ betray hundreds to police

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests and the confiscation of drugs, weapons, cash and luxury cars, officials said on Tuesday. The operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Australian and European police ensnared suspects in […]

Nord Stream 2 construction may result in major environmental disaster

Russia has delivered the atropine antidote to the pipelaying vessel engaged in completing the project. The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine on Monday, March 1, revealed in its report that workers and crew members at the ships involved in the laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe, were supplied with stocks of a peculiar drug […]

The Oligarch Problem

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs in his book “Black Earth”: if the two questions that dominated the Soviet-era were “What is to be done?” (Lenin’s famous pamphlet of the same title) and “Who is to blame?” (as nothing in the Soviet Union worked and someone […]

Ukrainian activists expose two prominent propagandists operating under Russian church cover

The Peacemaker Center, which adds to its database information about persons posing a threat to the Ukrainian state and society or have committed crimes against the foundations of national security, has filed its latest entry on the two high-profile propaganda assets promoting the ideas of the so-called “Russian World”, operating under the cover of the […]